On December 10th 1944 Major David Shepherd Commander of 266 Bty 67th Field Regt RA (TA) visited his Rovine Observation Post on Monte Calderaro in the Monte Grande Sector overlooking Bologna. The Gordons had their OP at Callanco a few hundred yards away down a track.
He went with the escort party of the 2i/c of the 6th Gordons with whom he had worked throughout the Tunisian and Italian Campaigns. An escort was arranged for his return but he did not contact them choosing to return alone. The sentries reported sounds of a scuffle but no shots were heard. After an extensive search his steel helmet was found on the track that he had taken. He was reported missing presumed captured.
In May 1945 after the German Surrender his grave was found in Ferrara where he had apparently died of wounds on Christmas Day 1945.
Following extensive research we have now found the site of his original burial by German Forces and positive evidence of the wounds that he suffered. We have a credible scenario but it is by no means certain at the moment.
This year is the 75th Anniversary of the loss of Major Shepherd, we hope to reveal further information in due course.